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Disney Takes ‘Mulan’ Off Release Calendar, Pushes ‘Avatar’ & ‘Star Wars’ Titles Back One Year

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Disney Takes ‘Mulan’ Off Release Calendar, Pushes ‘Avatar’ & ‘Star Wars’ Titles Back One Year

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to sow uncertainty for cinema companies and film distributors, Deadline reports that Disney has shuffled some major titles on its theatrical timeline — taking the live-action reimagining of animated classic Mulan directed by Niki Caro off its planned August 21 slot with no word of when or where it might hit screens.

“Over the last few months, it’s become clear that nothing can be set in stone when it comes to how we release films during this global health crisis, and today that means pausing our release plans for Mulan as we assess how we can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world,” a Disney spokesperson said.

The studio has also pushed back its planned Avatar sequels and Star Wars installments — meaning Avatar 2 is now scheduled to arrive 13 years after James Cameron’s original technologically groundbreaking blockbuster.

Some titles are reportedly staying on the 2020 schedule, including the oft-rescheduled New Mutants (20th Century Studios), Black Widow (Marvel Studios), graphic novel adaptation The Empty Man (20th Century) and Pixar Animation original Soul.

Disney’s animation and effects-heavy slate now looks like this:

Aug. 28, 2020: New Mutants

Nov. 6, 2020: Black Widow

Nov. 20, 2020: Soul

Dec. 4, 2020: The Empty Man (was Aug. 7, 2020)

Feb. 12, 2021: Marvel’s The Eternals

Feb. 19, 2021: Antlers from Searchlight

Mar. 12, 2021: Raya and the Last Dragon

Apr. 9, 2021: Bob’s Burgers: The Movie

Apr. 23, 2021: Ron’s Gone Wrong from Fox/Locksmith Animation

May 7, 2021: Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

May 28, 2021: Cruella

June 18, 2021: Untitled Pixar

July 30, 2021: Jungle Cruise

Nov. 5, 2021: UT Spider-Man: Far From Home Sequel

Nov. 24, 2021: Encanto

Jan. 14, 2022: Nimona from 20th/Blue Sky/Vertigo

Feb. 11, 2022: Thor: Love and Thunder

Mar. 11, 2022: UT Pixar

Mar. 25, 2022: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

May 6, 2022: Black Panther II

June 17, 2022: UT Pixar

July 8, 2022: UT Captain Marvel Sequel

Nov. 23, 2022: UT Disney Animation

Dec. 16, 2022: Avatar 2 (was Dec. 17, 2021)

Jun. 16, 2023: UT Pixar

Nov. 22, 2023: UT Disney Animation

Dec. 22, 2023: UT Star Wars Trilogy 1 from Taika Waititi (was Dec. 16, 2022)

Dec. 20, 2024: Avatar 3 (was Dec. 22, 2023)

Dec. 19, 2025: UT Star Wars Trilogy 2 (was Dec. 20, 2024)

Dec. 18, 2026: Avatar 4 (was Dec. 19, 2025)

Dec. 17, 2027: UT Star Wars Trilogy (was Dec. 18, 2026)

Dec. 22, 2028: Avatar 5 (was Dec. 27, 2027)

UNDATED: Mulan (was Aug. 21, 2020)

[Source: Deadline]

New Mutants poster designed by graphic artist Bill Sienkiewicz, revealed during the film's Comic-Con@Home 2020 panel Wednesday.

New Mutants poster designed by graphic artist Bill Sienkiewicz, revealed during the film’s Comic-Con@Home 2020 panel Wednesday.

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